Here are this week’s Staff Picks. We hope you enjoy them.
Rapid Manufacturing Not everyone has access to a Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) machine (a type of 3D printer that uses a laser to melt plastic or metal powder to create a solid 3D object), but if you do, here is a guide published by 3D Systems (inventors and pioneers of SLS and Stereolithography [SLA]) on “Design for SLS” - basically how to design to take advantage of the capabilities of SLS relative to traditional processes (machining or molding). Offers great Design for Manufacturability (DFM) guidance that is applicable (with a grain of salt) to other additive processes. - Evan
Plastic Bottle House What really surprised me and made me want to share this is the fact that “Compacted sand inside a bottle is nearly 20 times stronger than bricks.” Maybe we should start saving our bottles at NextFab instead of recycling them… - Matt
Dan Pink on the surprising science of motivation Interesting talk in the theme of TED about motivation and incentives. Science knows one thing and businesses do another and that’s not good. - Ross
MIT Leg Lab is still some of the most awesome robotics work I’ve ever seen - check out the “Planar Biped” doing a running forward flip! - Evan